"It’s going to be a little more difficult to ferret out which members of Congress are lavished with all-expenses-paid trips around the world after the House has quietly stripped away the requirement that such privately sponsored travel be included on lawmakers’ annual financial-disclosure forms.
"The move, made behind closed doors and without a public announcement by the House Ethics Committee, reverses more than three decades of precedent."
We’ve just launched our fifth anomaly tracker! See how you can use our website to spot political committees that are spending more than half of their cash with a single vendor - and who those recipients are.
Image: The Homestead Resort, where Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-Va.) leadership PAC has dropped a lot of cash. (Source: thehomestead.com)
Cool new tool from our friends at the Center for Responsive Politics.
Congressman John Dingell has some thoughts on Congress and he lays some of the blame on the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. (Bloomberg News)
Fun photo essay on money in politics editorial cartoons through history, including this from the 1870s:
Down through the Gilded Ages and all the boom-to-bust bubbles, one icon of American cartoonography has proven unshakable. There’s something about the symbol of big money in politics that always bends toward the pinstriped cigar-chomping fat cat and the voracious vampire squid.
Via Center for Responsive Politics, we can’t even get through 2014 first: “The first 2016 presidential ads have been aired! And, not surprisingly, they were negative, and they both targeted Hillary Clinton.”
This segment from John Oliver on Dr. Oz and the dietary supplement industry is hilarious. One of our favorite lines, on how the industry fights regulations: “Because companies have access to the one genuinely, truly effective wonder drug. It’s called lobbying, and here’s how the science works.”